John MacArthur wrote this book in 1998 but it remains one of the most thoroughly biblical catalogs of Scriptures and topics on the Christian family. It is subtitled, “Raising your child with care, compassion, and common sense.” His proposition might be summarized in this short paragraph: “In other words, children do no go bad because of something their parents do. They are born sinful, and that sinfulness manifests itself because of what their parents do not do.” What they do not do is apply biblical principles of instruction and discipline in the home. Parents cannot do what they need to be doing without their own walk with God and maintaining a biblical husband/wife relationship. They cannot raise godly children without understanding the biblical nature of the human beings and their need for God’s grace and continued guidance. This is one of the best books for laying the foundation for these relationships. The book contains a good chapter on corporal punishment and also an interesting discussion of why many of the proverbs are to be seen as “truisms” (“Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it”) but “not necessarily invilable rules.” I would recommend this book as a starting place for reading on this subject.
Walking With God in DeathNovember 1, 2018
We end our series about walking with God where it should end, considering the time of our death. I don’t know why the topic should seem morbid to us, all of us will die and the only thing that can change that is the rapture of the church at the end of the age. That […]
Walking With God in JudgmentSeptember 29, 2018
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 11:13-14). The words judge and judgment and their cognates appear […]
The Meekness of WisdomSeptember 3, 2018
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13) Who wants to violate the first characteristic of meekness and write about it? Who wants to appear to be like the one who brags about being humble? […]